Boris rejects Brent regeneration bid

Ealing Road Bazaar
Ealing Road, Wembley (Image by Route79 via Flickr)

At a Council meeting last November the Coalition parties made much of the Mayor of London’s Outer London Regeneration Fund so it comes as some surprise to see that both of Brent Council’s bids have been denied. Brent’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr George Crane has expressed his disbelief that the Mayor has chosen to ignore the needs of Outer London’s most diverse borough.

Brent put in a bid for 1.65 million to continue the successful work started in Willesden High Road in an earlier bid agreed last year. The bid would have helped transform Willesden Green High Road by renting some empty shop units on a long-term basis. These would be used by emerging businesses to help employment and skills of local people. The other part of the bid was to improve the area around the Willesden Green Library centre and make it a focal point to showcase local creative talent.  (For more info on Willesden project see )

The second bid was for 1.8 million for Ealing Road between Wembley Central and Alperton. The programme was designed to promote Ealing Road to deliver physical, economic social and cultural benefits to Ealing Road, Wembley and Brent.

Ealing Road is already attracting high visitor numbers from around London and beyond with its unique style of Indian shopping experience.

Cllr Crane said

”All our neighbouring Boroughs have received money and it is difficult to understand why Brent has been singled out to have both projects rejected..

I will be asking Navin Shah, Brent’s London Assembly Member to raise this with Mayor Johnson and ask him to reconsider both Brent’s bids.”  

Navin Shah’s new website

The Chamber of the Greater London Assembly

I would like to encourage all to visit Brent and Harrow’s representative on the London Assembly Navin Shah’s new website – LINK

Navin has produced a very informative newsletter since he has been elected to the London Assembly. I would recommend all to click on the newsletter tab and click to email and request for yourselves to be added to the distribution list.

Navin Shah AM slams worst Dial-A-Ride statistics in London

Navin Shah AM, The London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow today slammed new statistics revealing Brent and Harrow had the worst refusal rates for Dial-A-Ride journeys in London.

source: BBC

The statistics, released at the July Mayor’s Question Time, show the refusal rate – the percentage of journey requests turned down due to lack of capacity – in both boroughs are considerably above average. While the Londonwide average refusal rate is 7.5%, 13.8% of requests in Harrow, and 12.9% of requests in Brent were turned down.

Navin Shah said: “These statistics confirm the anecdotal evidence I hear regularly. While TfL tell us Dial-A-Ride is getting better, constituents continue experiencing problems booking a ride. I’ve written to TfL to ask for urgent targeted improvements in North West London and I’ll certainly be following this up when the Assembly next questions the Mayor.”

“Dial A Ride in North West London needs to be improved urgently. I would urge any dissatisfied customers to contact me at City Hall with their experiences and I will raise them with Transport for London.”

Traffic problems persist on Tanfield Avenue – Labour takes action

A concerned Tanfield Avenue resident highlighted to me an alarming transport issue that has been affecting residents who live on the road for a number of years now. I therefore wrote to residents who live on Tanfield Avenue and worked through our Brent and Harrow local London Assembly Member, Councillor Navin Shah, who at the London Mayor’s Question Time, raised the issue to Mayor Boris Johnson. See the correspondence below:

Tanfield Avenue, NW2

Question No: 748 / 2010

Navin Shah

What measures are TfL looking at to reduce road traffic casualties and bus journey times along Tanfield Avenue NW2?

Answer from the Mayor:

The London Borough of Brent is the highway authority for Tanfield Avenue. Through the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) process, TfL provides funding to each London borough for improvements to its transport network. This includes works to reduce road traffic casualties and improve bus journey times.

Tanfield Avenue has been prioritised by the London Borough of Brent for LIP funding in 2010/11. The borough will investigate improvements to bus journey times while maintaining an emphasis on road casualty reduction.

TfL has worked closely with officers from Brent to develop proposals for Tanfield Avenue as part of a package of corridor improvements to bus route 182. Implementation of any schemes rests with Brent as the local highway authority and TfL will continue to assist the borough in this regard.

In the Guardian Today

The Labour MP for Brent South, Dawn Butler, is one of only two black women MPs and the first elected black woman Government Minister. The MP for the other constituency which will be merged into the new Brent Central seat is Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather. Ms Teather has appeared on Question Time on at least four occasions since the 2005 election and on no less than three times this year. Dawn Butler has never been invited to appear. We are truly alarmed that Nick Griffin will now appear on Question Time before Britain’s first elected black woman Government Minister. We wonder if the apparent bias against Dawn Butler is symptomatic of what Greg Dyke once called “a hideously white organisation”.

Cllr Ann John

Leader, Brent council Labour group and 19 other Brent Councillors and Councillor Navin Shah AM

Labour still polling top in Brent

The European elections of May 2009 showed no change in the Party make up of London MEPs.

Brent Council have published the results from the Borough showing that Labour polled top despite the anticipation of a poor showing for Labour. The Conservatives cames second and the Liberal Democrats 3rd. The story of the day was from the Independent, Jan Jananayagam who notched up nearly 5,000 votes.

Full May 2009 European Results in Brent:

Confirmed results
British National Party 1250
Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship” 1974
Conservative Party 11994
English Democrats Party 435
Jury Team 340
Liberal Democrats 11370
No2EU: Yes To Democracy 680
Pro Democracy: 249
Socialist Labour Party 540
The Green Party 5007
The Labour Party 15583
The Socialist Party of Great Britain 113
United Kingdom Independence Party 3240
Yes 2 Europe 131
Gene Alcantara 106
Steven Cheung 137
Jan Jananayagam 4867
Sohale Rahman 350
Haroon Saad 95

Source of Statistics: Brent Council

The European results, coupled with Navin Shah’s win for Labour in the 2008 London elections shows that Labour’s showing in Brent bucks the national trend and that we are still a force to be reckoned with in Brent.